Marcell, Minnesota

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Marcell, Minnesota
Marcell, Minnesota is located in Minnesota
Marcell, Minnesota
Marcell, Minnesota
Location of the community of Marcell
within Marcell Township, Itasca County
Marcell, Minnesota is located in the United States
Marcell, Minnesota
Marcell, Minnesota
Marcell, Minnesota (the United States)
Coordinates: 47°35′35″N 93°41′27″W / 47.59306°N 93.69083°W / 47.59306; -93.69083Coordinates: 47°35′35″N 93°41′27″W / 47.59306°N 93.69083°W / 47.59306; -93.69083
CountryUnited States
TownshipMarcell Township
1,391 ft (424 m)
 • Total100
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)218
GNIS feature ID657317[1]

Marcell is an unincorporated community in Marcell Township, Itasca County, Minnesota, United States.

Minnesota State Highways 38 and 286 are two of the main routes in the community.

Marcell is located 28 miles north of Grand Rapids. The community is located within the Chippewa National Forest.

Nearby places include Bigfork, Talmoon, Bowstring, Deer River, and Effie.

Despite its unincorporated status, Marcell appears on most more detailed maps of Minnesota due to the presence of several locally important businesses and the lack of larger communities in the surrounding area.


Marcell was founded under the name Turtle Lake in 1905. The name was changed to Marcell the following year due to a name conflict with other communities named Turtle Lake. The name Marcell is in honor of Andy Marcell, a conductor on the former Minneapolis and Rainy River Railway, who was involved in a railway accident in the area.

The site of the town center was originally at a store operated by John Lundeen on Big Turtle Lake, but was moved in 1910 to its present location near the railway.


  1. ^ "Marcell, Minnesota". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  • Rand McNally Road Atlas – 2007 edition – Minnesota entry
  • Official State of Minnesota Highway Map – 2011/2012 edition

Further reading[edit]

  • Newstrom, Curt. Memories of a Small Town––Marcell, Minnesota